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LOUISVILE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There have been a number of shootings in Metro Louisville recently but LMPD Chief Steve Conrad says Louisville's crime situation is actually improving.
Despite several recent shootings and murders in Metro Louisville, overall crime is actually down according to Conrad.
"We believe that this year we will experience about a 2 percent overall decrease in violent crime, about a 10 percent decrease in property crime and an overall decrease of about 9 percent in crime compared to last year," Conrad said.
We spoke with Conrad on the last day of 2012 -- which was the first year he has served as the city's top cop.
Chief Conrad took over in March... and since then has worked to reduce violent crime in Louisville.
Like most people, he is concerned about all of the recent shootings, but feels confident his recently implemented VIPER (Violent Incident Prevention, Enforcement and Response) unit and the mayor's violent crimes task force are on the right track to reducing crime.
"The key to addressing violence is keeping those guns out of the hands of criminals, keeping those guns away from those who have been determined to be mentally ill."